Comment from National Coordinator, Di Daniels, Annual Report 2016
Our business as usual is challenging enough with all the changes that technology and the internet bring. What we are also able to achieve involves our valued partnerships outside our day to day business. One of the most exciting and rewarding things I’ve been involved with over the last few years has been our sponsorship relationships with Transpower and during the last year, with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Transpower donations help InZone, Te Puea, KidsCan and community hubs
In the past 12 months these donations have assisted community groups pursuing digital inclusion and development in health, youth and rural areas. People who would otherwise have been excluded are now able to access their patient portal or upskill themselves for work . Organisations and groups that have been recipients of computer equipment donations from Transpower include the InZone boys’ hostel (upgrading the student learning pod), Te Puea Marae (administrative support for housing homeless families in Auckland) and KidsCan . Equipment has also been donated to Tairāwhiti Technology Trust to establish digital community hubs in Ruatoria,Te Araroa, Tikitiki and Gisborne City.
Welcome to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Computer Associates
We are really grateful to Transpower and Remarkit Solutions for creating the model whereby corporates and universities can responsibly dispose of their unwanted equipment whilst also being able to contribute to community development. We welcome the new opportunity to work with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA) in the same way.
We were also delighted when our old friends from CA (Computer Associates) got in touch during the year and offered us a sponsorship grant to support the CiH programme. We were sorry to lose Dick Smith as a partner during the year, but with the closure of all their retail stores, they clearly had much bigger issues to deal with.
A special team
I would like to acknowledge the very special team of Computers in Homes regional coordinators and delivery partners; it is amazing to look back to the early years of the programme when we only had funding to support 200–300 families and I was the only coordinator . It is with some pride that we can acknowledge how the programme has expanded to the point where there are now twenty two local programme coordinators . We acknowledge that we only fund most of the team for 1–2 days a week, and we understand that the demands of the families we support do not fit neatly into this time allowance. So a real shout-out to all the team for their commitment to the programme and the families they support. It is not always easy; I understand that . But my commitment has been to support you to the very best of my abilities. And together I think The we have achieved another stunning Computers in Homes year.
Thank you everyone.